Heavy and incessant rains for close to 24 hours in some parts of North Karnataka have resulted in floods in the region, once again. In the first week of August, heavy Monsoon rains had led to severe floods, causing 61 deaths, as per official records. In Bellari district, villages like Kudathini, Hospet, Sandur, Toranagallu witnessed rains since Sunday afternoon, throwing normalcy out of balance. Houses in Taranagar have been inundated since Monday morning and even in UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hampi, several monuments have been flooded since early hours of the morning. Kadlabalu village two women were electrocuted after an electricity pole toppled due to stagnation of rainwater. The two deceased-35-year-old K Manjamma and 21-year old Mabunni, who was pregnant- were drying clothes in their backyard when the mishap took place.
In Gadag, Benne Halla stream flowing in full spate has submerged a bridge leading to Yavagal village, cutting off connectivity. In Dharwad district, Malaprabha river too is overflowing, submerging a bridge at Aluru, leaving the historic city of Badami cut off and the villagers stranded. In Devanahalli village in Bengaluru rural district, Koira lake was filled to the brim and overflowing, submerging the roads on its bund and also entering a few shacks that were dotted in the adjacent road. In the neighbouring district of Chikkaballapur, a wall collapsed after rains in Dwaraganahalli and led to the tragic death of 76-year old Puttanarasamma. A case has been registered in the Manchenahalli police station with regard to the same. In Koppal district, rains have caused huge loss to traders and vegetable vendors as daily markets have been flooded. Staring at their vegetable stock rotting, the vendors now started selling their crops-sugarcane, banana and flowers-at throwaway prices. Roads to Somasagara and Kanakagiri villages have been submerged, leaving hundreds of villagers stranded. Locals and district authorities have been using bulldozers and cranes for rescue operations.
After floods had ravaged northern Karnataka in August, the state government led by CM BS Yediyurappa had estimated loss incurred between Rs 35,161 crore to Rs 38,451 crore. A memorandum had been submitted to the Union Home Ministry regarding the same and requesting release of Rs 8,790.25 crore as interim relief. Last Friday, MHA released Rs 1,200 crores as the first instalment of interim relief but that hasn’t placated the opposition parties in Karnataka. As the Congress had mocked the interim package by the centre, JDS Supremo and former PM HD Devegowda will lead a march from Gandhi statue to Freedom Park in Bengaluru on October 10th, alleging apathy towards Karnataka flood victims by the centre.